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UC Santa Barbara vs. Hawaii - 2/21/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Hawaii at UC Santa Barbara
Date & Time Thursday February 21, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Thunderdome
Santa Barbara, California
The Line
The Line: UC Santa Barbara -3.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors and UC Santa Barbara Gauchos meet Thursday in college basketball action at The Thunderdome.

The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors look for another win after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors are averaging 71.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 44 percent shooting. Eddie Stansberry is averaging 11.4 points and 2.8 rebounds while Jack Purchase is averaging 11.8 points and two assists. Zigmars Raimo is the third double-digit scorer and Brocke Stepteau is dishing three assists. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.1 rebounds per game. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors have lost three of their last five road games.

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos ned a win after losing five of their last eight games. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are averaging 70.9 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 67.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Ar'Mond Davis is averaging 13.6 points and 5.5 rebounds while Amadou Sow is averaging 11.2 points and 6.3 rebounds. Devearl Ramsey is the third double-digit scorer and JaQuori McLaughlin is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are allowing 30.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.9 rebounds per game. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos have won six of their last eight home games.

The Warriors are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 vs. Big West, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Gauchos are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big West and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Gauchos last 6 overall. The under is 37-15-2 in Gauchos last 54 home games.

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos did what few teams have been able to do this season, and that's beat Hawaii at home, and they did so by 21 points despite being three-point underdogs. UC Santa Barbara is very solid defensively at home where it wins by an average of 8.2 points. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors aren't the same team on the road as they are at home, as they've struggled defensively and lose by an average of 4.4 points. Hawaii has made us a killing this season at home, but I just don't feel the same way about this club when it has to travel. I'll eat the reasonable chalk with the Gauchos.

Pick:
UC Santa Barbara -3.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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